In conjunction with the West Seneca Central School System trained officers from our department teach both the Elementary and Middle School DARE Programs. In order to teach this curriculum officers are selected in a joint process with the police department and the school system. Once the officer is selected, he or she receives training in the elementary curriculum from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. The officer upon graduation is qualified to teach the elementary school curriculum. After three years of teaching this program the officer may attend another DCJS Training class for the middle school curriculum. Upon completion of this training the officer is qualified to teach the Middle School Curriculum.
The third component of the DARE curriculum deals with high school. Our department does not teach this curriculum on a regular basis but Detective Dennis Bloom and Police Officer Ken Morano are trained to teach in this area. At the request of the high schools either or both of these officers come to the school and or a school function and make presentations related to substance abuse, drug identification and anti-violence interventions.
Beginning with the 2003/2004 school year the DARE curriculum has been changed. The elementary school program now consists of a ten week program. This has been reduced from the original sixteen week program. The middle school program has also been modified. For a more detailed overview of these curriculums please utilize the links below.